All roofs wear over time due to constant exposure to outdoor elements. This makes the installation process crucial in determining the longevity of your roof. Unfortunately, when it’s time for roof repairs, homeowners often find an improperly installed roof as the cause of their roof problems. By knowing how to identify signs of a bad roof installation, you’ll be able to save yourself from wasted time and money – and the many headaches that follow.
SIGNS OF A BAD ROOF INSTALLATION
An odd appearance is something that even the average person will notice. If the appearance of the roof seems off, there’s a good chance that the roofing job was done poorly. Look for awkward alignment of materials, bumps, and ripples, as well as colors and textures that don’t match. The presence of any of these things may mean that the roofer was poorly trained, inexperienced, or attempting to cut corners.
MISSING OR DAMAGED SHINGLES
The most obvious way to spot signs of a bad roof installation is by looking at the shingles. Missing or damaged shingles are common as a result of major storm damage. However, if your roof has recently been installed or repaired, this shouldn’t be the case. If your shingles are in bad shape, your roof is at a greater risk for subsequent damages.
NO DRIP EDGE
Drip edges play an important role in maintaining the integrity of your roof and your home. Roofers install drip edges below the shingles to provide the following benefits:
- Directs water away from the fascia and prevents water from rotting the fascia over time.
- Protects the edge of the decking due to water penetration during driving rains.
- Seals any gaps at the bottom of the roof — where there is often a gap between the decking and the fascia — which could allow small animals to enter the attic.
- Helps protect the bottom of the roofline during ice dams that can occur during the winter months.
- Prevents movement between fascia and deck boards.
- Assists gutters to direct water away from your house and foundation.
- Extends the longevity of your roof and improves its overall effectiveness.
The improper use of certain nails — or nailing techniques — can make all the difference between a bad roof installation and a great one. While overdriven nails can damage shingles, underdriven nails do not secure roofing materials properly. Unfortunately, these are not the only common nailing issues. An inexperienced roofer may use nails that rust or improperly locate nails too close together or too far apart.
Preventing poor roof installation starts with doing your research. Now that you know what the signs of a bad roof installation are, you can help prepare yourself to make better roofing investments.
TIPS TO AVOID A bad ROOF INSTALLATION
There are a number of different licenses and certifications (State Licensed, Bonded, insured, Manufacturer certificates, etc.) that roofing contractors should have to prove that they are legitimate. Ask your roofing contractor for copies of these documents before signing any contracts.
CHECK SOCIAL MEDIA AND REVIEWS
Although it is not an ironclad research method, you could effectively make a judgment on a roofing company’s quality of work just by looking at their Facebook page. While social media is a great start to look at pictures and read customer reviews — take it a step further. To do so, research websites such as Google and Better Business Bureau to view unbiased reviews from real customers.
When looking for a roofing contractor, ask your neighbors for suggestions. Local contractors are familiar with building codes and requirements. Moreover, local contractors serve a specific area and work to keep their reputation at a high standard. Many local business owners live in the community. Working with a local contractor also ensures reliability if emergency service is ever needed.
CALL THE RELIABLE ROOF EXPERTS At Mckinnis
The best way to avoid a bad roof installation is to start with a great roofing contractor. McKinnis Inc. has over 39 years of experience with roofing, siding, and exterior work all over Nebraska. Along with our experience, we use the most reliable products on the market to complete the job. If you spot any signs of a bad roof installation, don’t hesitate to contact us. Contact us to learn more about our credibility and how we can find the perfect roofing solution for your home.